Until the Music Stops by Naimish Srivastava is one of its kind psychological thrillers, with a good share of romance and action. It is just 169 pages, but reads like a saga of love, lust, greed, and madness. The kind of adrenaline rush it pumps up with the vivid description of events and backdrop is really impressive. The author must have gone into a sort of trance to deliver something special like this novel. The story features only a handful of characters but it never sounded dull or shallow in intensity or shaping up the scenes of horror, action, tension, romance, and much more.
The facade and blurb of the book makes it look like a simple romance thriller but deep inside, after 60 pages, the novel turns out to be something else – probably beyond the imagination of a straight reader. That holds the charm in a true sense. The story kicks off with a reunion sort of college party of some old acquaintances. Their share and contribution is reflected with back stories and sweeps. Like a true suspense thriller, this novel compels the readers to make their own interpretations, even when they get familiar with the lead characters like Grace, Amir Malik, Siddharth and some more auxiliary characters.
The novel is a story of Grace. To some part she is seen outwardly happy with his husband Siddharth and a daughter. She had no normal childhood and grooming owing to his father’s life decisions, and also because her mother Kyra wasn’t so fond of her. She is reckoned as mentally unstable. But what were the reasons that drove her mentally unstable…if you read the book you will understand the entire conspiracy behind that and those revelations are worth the time and money.
Also, one can also see this book from a different angle, which is of Amir Malik. He is a villain outwardly…to much extent. He is a negative and obsessed guy who doesn’t fear stalking a girl in her house, rain or shine. Is he crazy for Grace since the college days or he is just crazy? That’s another story…
Amir has crush on Grace since the college days, much contrary Siddharth marries her. But Amir thinks that Grace isn’t happy with him and there is something else that needs to be found by her. So, he tries approaching her – disturbs Grace in her marriage life. But she opposes his ways and claims, though via sweeps it resurfaces that once Grace liked and loved Amir too when he saved her from her rogue uncle Mark. Well, there are some more puzzles and loose ends that need to be mended before she could take up her call. The story is simply unputdownable as it races towards its ending. Readers will be thrown in sheer surprise with the twists and turns that appear later when Grace manages to recollect her dreary past with her mother and her uncle Mark.
The novel is beautifully balanced emotionally and psychologically. The nuances that make Grace unstable as a woman are dramatically well etched. With superb narration, the author puts a brilliant story to guess by readers till it ends. For suspense and thrill lovers, it for sure a treat! Highly recommended!